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2 Arizona Diamondbacks
Joe Lemire
March 31, 2008
"WE HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN, NOT ONLY THIS YEAR, BUT FOR SEVERAL YEARS."
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March 31, 2008

2 Arizona Diamondbacks

"WE HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN, NOT ONLY THIS YEAR, BUT FOR SEVERAL YEARS."

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[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

New acquisition B-T: Bats-throws
WHIP: Walks plus hits per inning pitched
PVR: Player Value Ranking (explanation on page 62)

CONSIDER THIS

a modest proposal ...

The Diamondbacks' lineup lists heavily to the right side; only shortstop Stephen Drew and switch-hitting second baseman Orlando Hudson take any cuts from the left. Catcher Miguel Montero will help that balance when he returns from a fractured right-index-finger injury that will keep him on the disabled list beyond Opening Day. The return of Chad Tracy (left), though, would be a huge lift. His season was cut short by microfracture surgery on his right knee in late September, and his rehab will likely keep him on the DL for the start of the season. The 27-year-old infielder is a career .308 hitter against righthanders with a .371 OBP and .508 slugging percentage, and should share time with Mark Reynolds at third base and Conor Jackson at first. Tracy provides high OBP and lefty power, two things that Arizona will need to exceed last year's paltry 712 runs scored.

THE NUMBERS

LIE

50

Stolen bases last year by Eric Byrnes, the first outfielder to reach 20 home runs and 50 steals in the same season since Rickey Henderson did it in 1993. Don't expect a repeat performance from journeyman Byrnes, 32. In fact, only four players in history—Henderson (four times), Joe Morgan and Cesar Cedeño (three apiece) and Eric Davis (twice)—had more than one 20--50 season.

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